Evans Clinchy
Sunday January 29th, 2012

Reports out of Pittsburgh Penguins camp have been positive for the last couple weeks, as captain Sidney Crosby has been slowly but surely recovering from concussion-like symptoms. But now, there's reason to believe it's something more serious.

A report on Sportsnet says that according to an MRI performed by a specialist in Utah, there appears to be an abnormality with Crosby's C1 and C2 vertebrae.

"We'll see," Pens general manager Ray Shero said. "The thing with Sidney is we want to continue to look to see how we can get this under control and manageable ... Hopefully we'll have him back here at some point soon."

Crosby has traveled to California and Atlanta in recent weeks, meeting with a neurological spine surgeon and a chiropractor who specializes in neurological treatment. Without Crosby in the lineup, the Penguins head into the All-Star break tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 60 points. They resume their season against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

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